Harare: Zimbabwe will play its first Test match in six years starting Wednesday, with former captain Tatenda Taibu conceding that many of the problems that led to the team`s voluntary withdrawal from the five-day game still persist.
A boycott by senior players following a dispute with the board prompted Zimbabwe to begin a self-imposed exile from the Test arena in 2005, and Taibu says the rifts remain.
"I don`t think much has changed," Taibu told reporters. "There are issues that the board is still in disagreement with the players. But I`ve learnt to accept that you cannot have things working perfectly.”
"If you look all over the world, one thing that comes out clear is that the board and players don`t get along. There were issues recently in Pakistan, there were issues in Australia, and there were issues in Sri Lanka.”
“So really, it comes down to understanding that it`s always going to be that way. Both parties have to find a common denominator, and that denominator is cricket."
Taibu is one of the most experienced players in a 14-man squad for the one-off match against Bangladesh that includes six players who could make their test debut. Brendan Taylor has been named captain at the Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe is then due to play Pakistan in September and New Zealand in October or November.
Grant Flower ended his international career on 67 Tests following the dispute with the board, but has now joined a coaching team led by Englishman Alan Butcher and also including former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak.